Day three of the annual Great Backyard Bird Count is done, and I have compiled three additional checks for an overall total of five checks and 3 1/2 hours. At this point I have counted 25 species and a minimum number of 64 birds. The American Goldfinch (shown) is still the weekend leader (with 15 birds) and was the most counted today (9). If we put this in Olympics terms, the silver medal leader is the House Finch (9 birds) and the bronze is in the hands of the Northern Cardinal (8). I have yet to see a truly unusual bird and I am still missing a few plausibles (e.g. Fish Crow, Hairy Woodpecker, Northern Flicker, Golden Crowned Kinglet, Common Grackle, Brown Thrasher, and Pine Warbler). It is also a relief I have not been overwhelmed by, say, Blackbirds and Siskins, as was true last year. We're on for one last day and then I can wrap up the count. Let's see what happens!
This Wingscapes BirdCam enthusiast and keeper of a well-stocked "bird cafe" has been watching birds in Cary for over 18 years. I adopted the BirdCam in December 2007 and have been working with the product daily, recording over 35 species locally and gaining significant experience with the use of this amazing device. I'm not a "power birder." While I enjoy birdwatching in the field, I appreciate the simple delights of the birds found in my own backyard or in places just down the street. These are truly interesting places and I never tire of the little stories told every day in those places. The birds are central to this experience, but expect me to talk about the things that also are part of the birdwatching experience here at Cary BirdCam, from buying bird seed to crunching numbers in the logbook. Thanks for being a reader!